14,000 apply for job opening of 960 in southeast Turkey
BATMAN - Doğan News Agency (DHA)
DHA photoAround 14,000 applicants showed up when the employment office in Batman province in Turkey's southeast announced it would hire 960 people for various public positions for four months.
The yard in front of the employment office looked as if a political rally was about to take place but the thousands of people were actually waiting to apply for the temporary jobs that were to be announced by the office.
The job openings were made available in the city's education, forestry, water works, environment and museum directorates and had a monthly salary of 700 Turkish Liras per month (approx. $500)
The officials decided to draw lots to hire applicants after it became evident that it would be impossible to hire the required personnel through regular means.
One applicant, Abdurrahman Biçer, told Doğan News Agency (DHA) that he had been unemployed for the last two years and hoped he would get the job.
Thousands of disappointed applicants dispersed as all positions were filled after four hours of drawing names.